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AEC 2012 Ends: Where do we go from here?

AEC 2012 Ends in Kigali: Where do we go from here?

Bank’s Chief Economist underscored that the key challenge of the 2012 AEC is how to promote growth that provides opportunities for all to participate in its enhancement and benefit from it. In other words, while growth is a necessary condition to poverty reduction, it is not sufficient. 

AEC 2012 Ends: Where do we go from here?

African Economic Outlook 2012-Jobs for youth key to Africa’s continued economic growth and social cohesion

  • Today, youth represent 60 percent of the continent’s unemployed, and of these 40 million youths, 22 million have given up on finding a job, many of them women.
  • “Youth employment is an investment in the future. It contributes to reducing poverty, wealth creation, well-being and social cohesion”
African Economic Outlook 2012

In their own words

"In our continent, growth has generally remained robust against a backdrop of sluggish global economy"

Read AfDB Chief Economist interview


Samson Kwalingana
United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
Economic Development and NEPAD Division
P. O. Box 3005, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Tel: +251-11-544-5407;

Ahmed Moummi
African Development Bank
B.P. 323
1002 Tunis-Belvedere, Tunisia
Tel: +216-7110 2220;

Sebastian Levine
United Nations Development Programme.
Regional Bureau for Africa,
New York, USA
Tel:  +1-212-906-5913;

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